From Protest to Policies, Programs, and Progress.
In the Media
(Boston Globe) | By Christopher L. Gasper He is one of the most pivotal and influential figures in the last half-century of American sports. Yet you can’t buy his throwback jersey or find his old trading card. He doesn’t have a signature sneaker that enjoys reverence almost 15 years after he last played like Michael Jordan. But few have done more than Harry Edwards, the renowned sociologist, civil rights activist, and inveterate advocate for the black athlete, to change the way athletes are viewed — not just as one-dimensional performers, but as three-dimensional people with beliefs.
(ISSSSC) The specific focus of the panel discussion was to explore the misconceptions and misunderstandings that unknowingly characterize relationships between the media and athletes of diverse backgrounds. In the absence of real dialogue between the two groups, stereotypes and misrepresentations are instilled and normalized by the sports media. The goal of this discussion was to expose and explode the myths cloaking athletes and those who report on them. ISSSSC and BABJA were excited to present this panel that took a look at difficult issues from an important perspective. Panelists Include: Harry Edwards Talia Caldwell Jason Jones Marc J.
The Inaugural Sports and the Role Societal Issues Play Event in Coordination with the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards
(ISSSSC) In July, a research team led by Ted Butryn, interim founding director of the ISSSSC and SJSU kinesiology professor, was invited to Los Angeles to participate in the inaugural Sports and the Role Societal Issues Play event in coordination with the ESPN Sports Humanitarian Awards. Butryn, along with fellow SJSU Department of Kinesiology faculty members Vernon Andrews, Cole Armstrong and Matthew Masucci, moderated breakout sessions of corporate social responsibility professionals from numerous pro teams, leagues and corporate partners, and then delivered a presentation entitled “Corporate Social Responsibility in the Age of Athlete Activism” to the 40 attendees. They recently submitted an article
In the Media
(KQED) When San Jose State University athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists at the 1968 Olympics Games, they made sports history and came to symbolize black power and protest in America. The two sprinters stand in a long line of SJSU sports pioneers, including Patty Sheehan, the first openly gay professional golfer, and Lee Evans, the track and field athlete who fought to exclude the apartheid state of Rhodesia from the 1972 Olympic Games. The University continues that legacy as it launches the Institute for the Study of Sport, Society and Social Change. We discuss